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Can You Have Pets in Apartments?

The question of whether pets are allowed in apartments owned by an Owners Corporation can be a contentious one. In Australia, the laws governing pets in apartments are generally left to the individual states and territories. As a result, the rules can vary depending on where you live.

In Victoria, the owners corporation cannot make rules that are prohibitive, only rules that are regulatory. It means that your owners corporation could have rules attached to keeping a pet in the apartment building that are very strict.

Regardless of the specific rules for your building it is important to note that pets in apartments can pose certain challenges. For example, dogs may bark and disturb other residents, while cats may scratch and damage walls and other common property. In general it is important to be considerate of other residents and to ensure that your pet is well-behaved and does not cause any damage or nuisance to other residents.

If you are considering getting a pet in an apartment owned by an owners corporation, first you should check the rules to see under what conditions pets are allowed. You may also need to seek permission from the owners corporation before bringing a pet into the building. If you are unsure about the rules, it's a good idea to seek advice from the owners corporation manager or legal professional.


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